(Adam Dunn will be a Type A free agent. Hooray. Photo by UPI/Alexis C. Glenn via Newscom.)
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post delivered the good news Thursday -- Adam Dunn will be designated a Type A free agent, meaning that the Nationals will get two extra picks in the 2011 draft after they offer him a one-year contract in arbitration and lose him to the [insert team other than the Nationals here]. Lovingly copying and pasting from Kilgore:
If the Nationals offer Dunn a one-year contract in arbitration, which they must do in order to receive compensatory draft picks in the event he signs elsewhere as a free agent, then the Nationals will receive two extra draft picks in the 2011 draft.
Dunn will be eligible to file for free agency five days after the World Series ends, when the exclusive negotiating window closes for the Nationals. The prevailing sense around the league is that the Nationals will not re-sign Dunn this offseason, and the Cubs, according to one league source, are the current favorite to land Dunn. (via Nationals Journal, 10/28/2010)
*sigh* Great. Well, at least they're getting new uniforms in 2011, right? And Jim Riggleman says they'll be contending by mid-2012, with or without (and most likely without) Adam Dunn; and (with or without) most likely without Riggleman, since we're guessing he'll take the hit for Rizzo around mid-2011.
Is it 2014 yet?